At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared
the computer industry with the auto industry and stated "If General
Motors had kept up with technology like the computer industry has,
we would all be driving twenty-five dollar cars that got 1000
Recently General Motors addressed this comment by releasing the
statement "Yes, but would you want your car to crash twice a day?"
1. Every time they repainted the lines on the road you would have to
buy a new car.
2. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason, and
you would just accept this, restart and drive on.
3. Occasionally, executing a maneuver would cause your car to stop
and fail and you would have to re-install the engine. For some
strange reason, you would accept this too.
4. You could only have one person in the car at a time, unless you
bought "Car95" or "CarNT". But, then you would have to buy more
5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was
reliable, five times as fast, twice as easy to drive, but would only
run on five per cent of the roads.
6. The Macintosh car owners would get expensive Microsoft upgrades to
their cars, which would make their cars run much slower.
7. The oil, gas and alternator warning lights would be replaced by a
single "general car default" warning light.
8. New seats would force everyone to have the same size butt.
9. The air bag system would say "are you sure?" before going off.
10. If you were involved in a crash, you would have no idea what
11. If you had an accessory built by some 3rd party vendor, MicroSoft
soon come out with the same accessory and your 3rd party accessory would no
12. You would have to pay an "update fee" once a year or your car would
accept new accessories.
13. When you plugged in any new accessory, you would have to spend
day on the telephone with the vendor to sort out incompatibilities.
14. Not just *any* driver would work and driver retraining would